[rt-devel] Rationale for enabling GnuPG by default?

Dominic Hargreaves dominic.hargreaves at oucs.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jan 16 17:36:42 EST 2012

On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 02:25:02PM -0500, Kevin Falcone wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 05, 2012 at 07:56:52PM +0000, Dominic Hargreaves wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > One of Debian's users has noticed that in the default configuration,
> > GPG is enabled but unusable (until you give it a key to work with):
> > 
> > <http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=654697>
> > 
> > and logs this fact. It seems to me to make more to explicitly enable
> > this when adding a key, rather than complaining that there isn't one
> > in the default install.
> > 
> > Can we change the default here, or is there a specific reason it's
> > done this way?
> I believe the default is actually because configure searches for
> bin/gpg in path and flips the Enable bit.  I wasn't involved in the
> original discussion, but I assume it was to make it easier for folks
> who wanted to use GPG.
> I'd be fine with a 4.2 patch that killed that and asked people to turn
> it on manually or specify --enable-gpg if they're going to use it.
> I'd also be fine with a 4.0 patch to the log messages that explains
> how to make them go away.

Thanks for the reply. I'll put that on the stack...


Dominic Hargreaves, Systems Development and Support Team
Computing Services, University of Oxford
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